1952 June

1st The Red Sox top the White Sox, 3–2, with reliever Ellis Kinder winning his Boston club record 18th straight over Chicago. Saul Rogovin is the loser.

Led by Pete Naton’s CWS-record 11 total bases, Holy Cross rolls by Western Michigan, 15–3. Holy Cross will beat Missouri, 8–4, for the NCAA championship.

2nd At Fenway, Don Lenhardt clouts a 10th inning grand slam, his second of the year, to give the Red Sox a 6–2 victory over the White Sox. Footsie’s reward will be a new uniform tomorrow. His clout came after Chicago had taken a 2-1 lead in the 10th and Dom DiMaggio’s RBI single had tied it up.

3rd  After several games in right, Mantle returns to centerfield and celebrates with four singles and scores two runs off Billy Pierce. The 4th place Yankees beat the visiting Pale Hose, 4–3, in 13 innings

At Crosley Field, Frank Smith hurls 6 shutout innings of relief, allowing one hit, as the Reds edge the Phils, 2–1.

In his 2nd straight game, ancient Satchel Paige pitches 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball against the Senators, goes 3-for-3 and drives in the winning run in top of 17th inning for his 5th victory. The Browns win, 3–2. Paige will finish the year with a .128 average. Browns starter Dave Madison goes 4 1/3 innings and starts the trend by going 2-for-2 at the plate: he’ll finish the year with a .105 average.

In a blockbuster trade between Detroit and Boston, the Red Sox send Walt Dropo, Don Lenhardt, Johnny Pesky, Fred Hatfield, and Bill Wight to the Tigers for 3B George Kell, Hoot Evers, Dizzy Trout, and SS Johnny Lipon, who will lead the league in fielding. Asked if manager Red Rolfe had made a good trade, Tigers owner Spike Briggs snaps, “It better be.” Rolfe won’t last the season.

4th  Billy Goodman of the Red Sox goes 5-for-5 in a 13–11 slugfest with Cleveland. The Indians Larry Doby hits for the cycle.

The Giants push across 2 runs—one earned—in the 4th inning against the Cubs Bob Rush to stop his streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 32. Rush (8–2) is still victorious, 6–2, and now leads the NL in strikeouts.

The Reds purchase veteran OF Willard Marshall from the Boston Braves.

5th In the Reds 5–3 win over the visiting Phillies, Peanuts Lowrey bangs out his 7th consecutive pinch hit to set the ML record. The NL mark was 5 set by Rogers Hornsby in 1934, while the AL mark is 4 set by Les Fleming in 1947. Dave Philley will break the mark with 9 in the 1958-59 season.

In St. Louis, the Braves stake Warren Spahn to a 7-run lead in the 1st inning and the Braves go on to win, 8-3. Ben Thorpe has a pair of doubles in the 1st to tie a NL night-game mark.

6th The Cubs top the Braves, 7–2, behind Hank Sauer’s bat. The MVP-bound Sauer, hitting .350, drives in his 49th and 50th runs of the year.

Bucky Walters succeeds Charlie Grimm as manager of the minor league Milwaukee Brewers after the latter had accepted the Braves job.

7th  The Indians knock out Alex Kellner with 7 runs in the 1st inning and 3 in the 2nd as they pound the A’s, 14-0. Mike Garcia twirls the shutout and Luke Easter has a 1st inning grand slam. Kellner will come back tomorrow to beat the Tribe.

8th At Yankee Stadium, Browns P Tommy Byrne hits a 4th inning fly ball behind 3B that New York’s Gil McDougald chases. A fan catches the ball but the umpire rules interference and calls the batter out. Browns manager Rogers Hornsby, coaching third, doesn’t disagree. However, Browns owner Bill Veeck, listening on the radio in St. Louis, phones Hornsby and orders him to protest, which Hornsby reluctantly does, but too late anyway. The Yanks win 5–2, then take the nightcap as Vic Raschi shuts out St. Louis. That night, Hornsby calls Veeck and tells him to stop meddling, a call that will cost him his job.

In Cincinnati, Brooklyn’s Carl Furillo belts a grand slam to pace the first-place Dodgers to an 11-7 win over the Reds.

In Chicago, Sam Jethroe hits the last grand slam in the history of the Boston Braves, as the Braves win the 2nd game of a doubleheader, 7–6. The Cubs take the opener, 7-5.

9th A week after being traded from the Red Sox, Don Lenhardt hits another grand slam—his 3rd of the season– and drives home 5 but Detroit loses to Boston, 9–8. Dropo and Piersall homer for the Hubmen. Lenhardt’s second slam for two teams in 8 days is a ML mark that will last till 2017 when Curtis Granderson does it within five days.

10th  After an absence of 5 months, Charlie Comiskey, Jr., rejoins the White Sox as vice president after he was reelected to the board.

In Boston, St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck fires manager Rogers Hornsby saying, “I made a mistake. I thought Hornsby had mellowed.” That afternoon, the players present Veeck with a trophy for freeing them from Rajah’s tyranny. The Browns name Marty Marion as their player-manager.

Sam Mele of the White Sox hits a 3-run HR and a 3-run triple in the 4th inning of a game at Philadelphia, as Chicago romps 15–4. Chicago plates 12 runs, 6 unearned, in the frame, a record for the 4th inning. Mele’s 6 RBIs in an inning ties the AL mark.

The Red Sox send pitchers Randy Gumpert and Walt Masterson to Washington for pitcher Sid Hudson.

11th  Hello, cuz. Hank Sauer hits 3 homers off Curt Simmons at Wrigley Field to account for all the scoring as the Cubs, behind Turk Lown, beat the Phillies 3–2. It is Hammerin’ Hank’s 2nd three-homer game: the first came in 1950, also off Curt Simmons. Sauer is now leading the NL in HR (18), RBIs (58), and batting average (.352), but he’ll go hitless in his next 24 at bats, striking out 10 times, and his average will drop 32 points in a week.

At Fenway Park, Bosox catcher Sammy White clouts a 9th inning grand slam with one out to defeat the Brown’s Satchel Paige, 11-9. Paige (5-2) takes a 9–5 lead into the 9th. White completes his home run trot by rounding 3B and crawling from half way home and kissing the plate. Another rookie provides entertainment to start the inning as Piersall, leading off, announces to Paige that he is going to bunt. He does just that and beats Paige to 1B, where upon he starts mirroring Satchel’s moves and yelling “oink, oink, oink.” Evers beats out an infield hit and Piersall continues his antics at 2B. A now distracted and annoyed Paige walks Kell, and one out later, forces in a run by walking Goodman. A single by Lepcio sets up White’s slam. After the game, Browns C Clint Courtney opines, ‘I believe that man is plumb crazy. Yeah, he’s nuts altogether. I never saw a man do those things. Anywhere.”

12th  The AL suspends Browns manager Marty Marion indefinitely for pushing umpire Bill McGowan in the previous night’s loss to Boston. It was Marion’s first game as manager.

14th  What’s a guy gotta do. Warren Spahn of the Braves ties the NL record of Jim Whitney (set on this date 68 years ago) with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in a 15-inning complete game effort. Hal Jeffcoat’s 2-run triple wins it, 3–1, for the Cubs, while Spahn’s HR is the only Boston score. The Braves manage just 4 hits.

Little Bobby Shantz scores his 11th victory in 12 starts, and 10th in a row, with a 9–2 win over the 7th-place Browns. However, the A’s lose 21-year-old third baseman Hal Bevan, purchased last month from the Red Sox, who breaks his leg sliding home. Bevan is out for the year and will next appear with the ’55 Kansas City A’s.

15th  The Cardinals, down 11–0 after 3 innings, rally to defeat the Giants, 14–12. All the Redbird scores come in the last 4 innings (7+3+2+2) as Solly Hemus ties the game with an 8th-inning HR and adds another in the 9th. The Giants end the game with the bases loaded. The comeback is a NL record: the AL record was set on June 18, 1911. The Giants allow no rallies in game two and win 3–0 behind Dave Koslo. Wes Westrum’s three-run homer is the game’s scoring.

Before 69,468 at Municipal Stadium, New York scores 6 runs in the 2nd inning off Bob Lemon en route to an 8–2 win. Mantle’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the inning.

In 100 degree weather in St. Louis, the Browns take 5 hours: 38 minutes to sweep a pair from the A’s, 6–3, and 7–6 in 11 innings. Ned Garver, having lost to the A’s several weeks ago, resumes his winning ways with his 11th win in 12 decisions over the Quakers. In the nightcap, the A’s prolong it with a hidden ball trick in the 6th: after a conference on the mound and with runners on 1B and 3B, third baseman Billy Hitchcock returns to his position and tags out lead runner Darryl Johnson.

16th  In New York, Bobby Thomson greets reliever Willard Schmidt by hitting his first pitch for a ultimate grand slam to give the Giants an 8-7 9th inning win over the Cardinals. It is the Jints 4th homer in the game.

17th  In Detroit, the Yanks come back from a 6–1 deficit as Mantle clouts a homer to the upper deck of left center off Bill Hoeft in the 6th. But Detroit pushes over a run in the 11th to win, 7–6. Pat Mullin’s grand slam in the 3rd gave the Motormen the 6-1 lead.

The Holy Cross Crusaders defeat the University of Missouri 8–4 to win the NCAA College Baseball title.

18th In Boston, the Braves Warren Spahn strikes out 11 Reds, but loses 3–1. In his last outing, Spahn struck out 18 and lost.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Jim Hearn beats the Pirates for the 10th straight time, winning 5–2. His record against Pitt is 15–2. Hank Thompson hits an IPHR that hits the top of the RF bull pen wall, 450 feet away, and caroms towards CF. Bobby Thomson adds his 4th HR in 3 days.

19th  After 4 straight losses to the Cubs, Carl Erskine of the Dodgers no-hits them 5–0, topping Warren Hacker. The only base runner is relief P Willard Ramsdell, who Erskine walks in the 3rd. Erskine is now 6-1 for the first-place Dodgers.

The A’s Bobby Shantz wins his 11th in a row, stopping the White Sox, 4–1 while batting in 2 runs. It is his 12th win in 13 starts. The 11 wins is the longest streak in the AL since Johnny Rigney had 11 wins in a row for the 1939 White Sox. Shantz is 22-3 since last July.

20th The A’s nip the visiting Tigers, 8–7, in the first of 2, then stall their way to a 3–3 tie in the nightcap. Joe Astroth’s single in the 9th drives home the winner. For the fourth time as an Athletic (and the 2nd this year), Billy Hitchcock pulls a successful hidden ball trick, nabbing Fred Hatfield after a triple. In game 2, the Bengals score a pair in the top of the 10th to go ahead, but the A’s stall until the 6:59 curfew and the game reverts to its 9th inning score.

Like kissing your sister. The host Browns and the A’s play to an 18-inning 5-5 tie. There is no scoring in the last 10 innings and both teams finish without a sacrifice, an AL record.

The Braves drop 10 runs on the Cardinals in the 6th inning to take an 11-0 lead into the 7th. Paced by a grand slam from Solly Hemus off starter Jim Wilson, St. Louis scores 7 runs in the 7th, but comes up short, 12-7. Wilson is the winner.

21st  As a publicity stunt, Harrisburg of the Inter-State League signs a woman player, Eleanor Engle, but she does not get into a game. Female ball players are officially banned by minor league President George Trautman shortly after.

Vinegar Bend Mizell twirls his first ML shutout, a 4-hit, 9–0 whitewash of the Braves in Boston.

22nd At Chicago, Bob Kuzava shuts out the White Sox, 3–0, for New York. Yogi Berra homers for the Yanks. In the nightcap at Comiskey Park, Mantle provides New York’s only scoring with a homer, as Marv Grissom wins for Chicago, 2–1.

23rd At Detroit, 12 straight Red Sox reach base as they score 11 runs in the 4th inning to defeat the Tigers, 12–6. Sammy White hits a homer and drives in 4 runs, while Walt Dropo also homers.

The Athletics waive C Joe Tipton to Cleveland.

24th Bobby Shantz’s 11-game win streak comes to an end as the Indians edge the A’s, 2–1. Al Rosen’s 2-run homer trumps Allie Clark’s solo shot to Early Wynn the win .

25th White Sox SS Chico Carrasquel fractures his little finger in a 10-inning Sox loss, which drops Chicago 4 games out of 1st place. He’ll reinjure it July 9 and be out of the lineup till August 19. The injury to Carrasquel, the starting SS in the All-star game in 1951, 1953, and 1954, is key as the Sox will finish in 3rd.

Playing for Laredo (Gulf Coast), Armando Flores connects for two grand slams in the 8th inning, just the 2nd player ever in organized ball to accomplish the feat.

27th  Two years after guiding the Whiz Kids to the World Series, Phils manager Eddie Sawyer is fired, and Steve O’Neill replaces him.

At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle unloads a first inning homer off Bob Hooper, and the Yankees roll to a 10–0 rout of the A’s.

The Red Sox purchase veteran pitcher Al Benton from San Diego (PCL). Benton will go 4-3 with a 2.39 ERA for Boston and by pitching to Mantle this year will become the answer to the question ‘who pitched to both Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle?’

28th  Stan Musial tops the All-Star balloting for the 2nd year in a row. The Man will have his 23-game hit streak stopped tomorrow by rain and the Pirates.

The White Sox buy back Willie Miranda from the Browns, which had acquired the SS from Chicago 2 weeks ago. Miranda will fill in for the injured Carrasquel.

At New York, the 6th-place A’s wallop the AL-leading Yankees, 12–0 behind Bobby Shantz’s 13th win, tops in the majors. Shantz allows 2 hits. Gus Zernial belts 2 homers and single to drive in 5 runs. Shantz’s ERA drop to 1.50.

The Red Sox ship Jimmy Piersall to Triple-A Birmingham. In 3 weeks, he’ll enter Westborough State Hospital for psychiatric treatment and stay there 6 weeks for treatment.

29th  The NL suspends manager Leo Durocher for 4 days for misconduct.

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Kansas City Blues slam 10 homers against St. Paul to set an American Association record for most HRs by one team and tie the record for most by 2 teams. The Blues total 53 bases, and hit 6 home runs in the third inning, both AA marks, en route to a 17-4 win. Roy Partee has 3 homers, including two in the big inning. Vic Power, Kal Segrist, and Bill Renna have two apiece, and Andy Carey hits one. St. Paul hits none.

The Dodgers’ Tommy Holmes, fired as Braves manager a month ago, hits a pinch single in the 7th against his old club, to help Brooklyn to a 6–5 win over the Braves. The Dodgers have now whipped the Braves 11 straight in 1952.

Down 8–2 with 2 outs and no one on in the 9th inning of game 1, the Cubs rally for 7 runs and beat the Reds 9–8 in game one. Ex-Red Johnny Pramesa knocks home the winning run, as the Cubs set an NL record with the biggest two-out, none-on, 9th inning rally in history. (also a since tied NL—in 2001—record for most runs in the 9th with 2 out) The effort exhausts the Cubs as they drop the nightcap, 9–1.

30th  Satchel Paige is named to the All-Star team.